The functionality needed to launch next-generation technical fabrics will likely come from composite materials, combining two or more functional layers together to create an innovative new material. Fiberweb® offers its customers the services of a Research and Development spunbond facility that enables the development of new nonwoven fabrics using novel materials and advanced composites. The 35,000-square-foot facility incorporates new advances in extrusion, fiber spinning and web forming.
Multilayer Nonwovens Advantages
- Introducing new multilayer nonwovens Fiberweb can quickly introduce new products into the market through its smaller scale production capabilities that allow short production runs at narrow widths. This provides a scale-up path for composite structures for next generation nonwovens. The line is also capable of producing unique spunbond and SMS materials based on the Reemay® and Typar® technologies.
- Capabilities The R&D center can create nonwovens up to a trim width of 48 inches on a core size of 3 inches. Flat bond or point bond is available, and the configuration is SMXS. There are two unwind units for a total six-layer composite.
- Polymers Various polymers can be used, including polyester, polyethylene, polyphenylene sulfide and Nylon. Bicomponent nonwovens can be manufactured, as can nonwovens with melt additives for functionalized performance.